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December 12, 2006

H&I* Fires, 12 DEC 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite.

You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...


Eaglespeak, a lawyer desperate for attention and to beat CDR Salamander, begs your vote with "Bringing out the big guns and skimpy swim wear."

Me? I just say vote for us or Beth at MVRWC, so we can oppress those lefty blogs. I am a bit chagrined to see that CDR Salamander is shilling more successfully than I...

Funny Cats!

Sigh. I made the Deans List, oh, twice I think, while I was in college (of course, there was also that semester of, oh, 1.9 or something, too). I never made my high school honor roll, though my sister was a rash on it. Of course, I prolly overcompensated by winning the state wrestling championship by pinning all the way through conference, district, region and the state meet. Wait - there was one win on points at district. The all-state football thing prolly helped my self-esteem, too. Therefore, being completely unable to relate, I find things like this bemusing. High School Halts Publishing of the Honor Roll. Sigh. Nope, don't wanna reward or recognize excellence in any way. In fact, we really don't want to encourage it, seemingly. Feh. I blame Bush.

Hey! A reason to come to our neck of the woods other than incarceration... the National WWI Museum.

I was gonna comment on Kofi Annan's speech - but Jules covered it for me.

In Missouri today, departing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan delivered these thoughtful reflections on 10 years of learning: [translation follows]

In one of the backwater Jesusland flyover states yesterday, departing UN Secretary General Kofi Annan rudely lectured one of the few nations that actually tries to accomplish anything useful, from which he has been sponging for the last 10 years:

Read the rest here. -the Armorer in Jesusland.


Iraq War News Now has a great pictorial of U.S. troops leading Iraqi police marksmanship training.

An analysis of Rumsfeld and the press and what it means for Gates.

Salamander discovers that Reuters and AP "stringers" are at it again: staged photos in Ramadi. - FbL


To borrow a phrase, "Virginia Hall, Someone You Should Know:"

Escaping France by crossing the Pyrenees on foot in November 1942, Allied agent Virginia Hall cabled headquarters: "Cuthbert is giving me trouble, but I can cope." So hungry for Hall's capture was the Gestapo that even her wooden leg--dubbed Cuthbert--needed a code name..."The woman who limps is one of the most dangerous Allied agents in France," proclaimed Gestapo fliers, depicting a high-cheekboned brunet. "We must find and destroy her." As she fled to Spain, Hall's London-based compatriots misunderstood her cryptic communique. "If Cuthbert is giving you trouble," London cabled back, "have him eliminated."
More here and here. She is being honored today.


Btw, the Denizen blogroll isn't updating, but that doesn't mean Denizens aren't blogging. Don't forget your favorite reads just because they don't have "New Stuff!" next to their names... - FbL

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

Comments on H&I* Fires, 12 DEC 2006
Eagle1 briefed on December 12, 2006 08:28 AM

Hey, I'm not trying to beat Salamander- I'm just trying to beat "Geeky Mom."

Salamander has his own troubles with "Blue Gal." I'm looking for votes for either one of us!

Go Navy!

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 12, 2006 09:30 AM

The Salamander will be *so* pleased that we linked his post twice. In the same post. In completely different contexts.

FbL briefed on December 12, 2006 09:57 AM

LOL! Sorry, John. I saw your links, but had already read the posts they seemed to reference (I didn't mouse over the links to see where they actually went). Oops!

patty briefed on December 12, 2006 10:34 AM

I don't have anything to share. So Merry Christmas to all.

(``·.¸(``·.¸ ¸.·`´)¸.·`´)
God Blessed Week
«´¨`·.¸¸. Patty .¸¸.·´¨`»
(¸.·`´(¸.·`´ ``·.¸)``·.¸)

patty briefed on December 12, 2006 10:35 AM

I don't have anything to share. So Merry Christmas to all.

(``·.¸(``·.¸ ¸.·`´)¸.·`´)
God Blessed Week
«´¨`·.¸¸. Patty .¸¸.·´¨`»
(¸.·`´(¸.·`´ ``·.¸)``·.¸)

MajMike briefed on December 12, 2006 03:11 PM

i was on the Dean's OTHER list...

cross referenced also onto the Commandant's List.

Eagle1 briefed on December 12, 2006 09:32 PM

Honor roll list banned?

Harrison Bergeron.

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